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Alienware Steam Machine Can Be Upgraded
Following the news that Alienware will be releasing new Steam Machines on an annual basis, it was believed that each machine’s hardware will be locked. Players would not have been able to upgrade or customize their hardware specs, contrary to what a regular PC allows. But the company has now clarified the situation to Eurogamer.
Alienware boss Frank Azor revealed that players won’t be prevented from modding their Steam Machines, but it won’t be an easy task to do so.
“Enabling customers the opportunity to upgrade components has been a core tenet for Alienware since the company was founded, and that remains true today,” he said. “The Alienware Steam Machine, announced at CES, is designed to deliver a great gaming experience in the living room and we will enable customers to upgrade components.
“Considering we’ve purposefully designed the Alienware Steam Machine to be smaller than the latest generation consoles, upgrading the internal components will not be as easy as compared to other platforms, such as the Alienware X51, but we will not prevent a customer from upgrading.”
Azor explained once again that if people are looking to fully customize their product, than Alienware’s more conventional offerings may be better suited for them.
“If a customer is interested in modding and upgrading their rig on a regular basis, then we recommend the Alienware X51,” he said. “Enabling easy upgradeability was a critical design requirement for the X51. It includes features such as single screw access to all internal components, and easy-to-remove ODD, HDD, graphics, etc.
“We feel we have multiple options for customers based on their individual needs. If a gamer wants more freedom to upgrade, we have the X51. If they would prefer a smaller, more console-like system, we will offer the Alienware Steam Machine.”